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June 28, 2012
If you have an excessive amount of pride, you might take an excessive amount of pride in the fact that Pride is considered the worst sin.
Yes, that’s right. Before Envy, Lust, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Greed. And before a list of 7 deadly new sins that have just been added by the Vatican, like polluting, genetic engineering and obscene riches.
It was, after all, the original sin of Pride, which begat all other sins. Pride transformed Lucifer, an anointed cherub of God, into Satan. Made Eve eat that Apple. And gave us Donald Trump.
The sin of Pride, experts tell us, is a preoccupation with self. If there is any doubt, a very proud wordsmith, no doubt, found that there is in the middle of Pride an "I." (Although it probably doesn’t mean you’re off the hook, in other languages.)
All organized religions, and a few disorganized ones, agree on the subject — so right away you know you are in trouble. In Buddhism, pride is seen as illogical, since no one person can be better or worse than someone else. In Christianity, Pride gets in the way of recognizing God and doing God’s work.
Judaism has given us "Pride goeth before a fall." The Book of Mormon is based on the Fallen people.
But just when it’s easy to believe all Pride is bad, (and the 7 Deadly Sins make no distinctions) now comes some contradictory evidence that some Pride is okay.
For example, being proud of yourself that you got through medical school without being thrown out. Or having the greenest lawn on the block.
Self-Pride is the basis for the writings of Ayn Rand. However, and it’s a big however, if there is more pride then self worth, (and Howard Roark was no Frank Lloyd Wright), it manifests itself into False Pride, also known as Hubris in ancient Greece.
This kind of Pride, also called “Neurotic Pride,” by noted therapist Karen Horney, compensates for low self-esteem and is usually characterized by the feelings of superiority, arrogance — and if anyone suggests you’re not perfect, you get defensive, fall apart and say terrible things.
Secondary, or Vicarious Pride is Pride is the case of inserting the “I” into other people’s achievements — even our own children. And if not controlled can lead to things like
bashing an umpire at a Little League match or attempting to kill a rival cheerleader’s mother.
Group Pride is complicated and you can get into all kinds of issues on why it’s OK for one group to have Pride and not another.
Excessive National Pride starts wars and riots at soccer matches.
The antidote for Pride, we are told is humility, although I read that the proud man or woman can learn humility, but will be proud of it. So, I guess you can strike humility.
I do know Pride can be expensive, getting you to purchase cars you don’t need, or a house you can’t afford.
And I do think, (humbly, of course) Pride is at its worst when it keeps you from forgiving people and when it makes you walk away when you really want to stay.
Clearly, for this huge, confusing and complex subject, I’m not too proud to realize I need answers. A lot.
Or are you going to let your foolish Pride get in the way?